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Kiewi avatar 4:33 PM on 02.25.2012
Why gaming is worthile, why you're fucking awesome and fuck the cynics



Some of you might remember that I've written, not long ago, a (shitty) blog post called "Gaming isn't worthwhile". There I tried to express how tired I've become of gaming and how for example literature is more fullfilling than video games etc. Well, you probably have already guessed that I've changed my mind a bit and the origin of that was this nice quote from David Foster Wallace:

... Look man, we'd probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what's human and magical that still live and glow despite the times' darkness. Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it'd find a way both to depict this world and to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.


You just gotta love that dude <3.

Anyway, this revived my hope for gaming completely, I know that he is not talking directly about games of course, but I think what he says there can be easily be applied to gaming aswell.

I think it's true that we live in hideously cynical times where a lot of people are like "Ohh well, let's just all have sex and then die or what ever..." and that things like spirituality and values like compassion are just ignored or considered to be meaningless and many other things too.

OK, this cynicism is also present in games I believe, or in entertainment in generell. You know, all the suff out there where a lot of shit blows up and that is just supposed to distract you from the "cruel" real world and so on. You could say that these things have the subliminal message that life isn't worth living, only worth to be distracted from, if you know what I'm saying.

But (!) there are games of which I think do apply CPR to the human and magical elements (as DFW put it). I would like you to post the name of some games of which you think are doing that too, so yeah please do that, would be amazing if we could make a little list! Let me start:

- Braid (yeah sorry, I had to mention it)
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Mass Effect
- ICO
- Katamari
- Silent Hill
- ehhh...

I'm sorry it's really late right now where I live (Germany), so these were jus the first ones that popped into my head, I hope that you guys can complete this list.

Also, I wanted to thank you guys for the awesome comments on my earlier (and shittier) blog post, there was some good stuff there and yes I wasn't in the best mood, but still, thank you very much guys 'n' gals <3 !

So yea, good day to you, and I hope you compe up with good suggestions for the list!

Also, as usual my question is: What do you think?

Thanks


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